Can I bring my dog to Paint and Sip with your Pet?

The BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR DOG BEHAVED at a Paint Your Pet Party.

Bringing a dog into a crowded place like Paint Your pet Party can sometimes be an intimidating situation. A lot of my customers ask me “Can I bring my dog to Paint and Sip with your pet?” There are a lot of situations within the crowded place itself — people stepping on your dog, tripping on them, other dogs that may or may not be friendly, children running up and grabbing your dog— not to mention your dog’s reactions to all of the sights, smells and other stimuli going on around him. The following simple solutions can relieve the stress and help you maintain a well behaved dog in a crowd or at a one of Pet Portrait Fun’s Paint Your Pet Parties.


  1. Start early.Exposing your young pup to as many sights, smells, sounds, dogs, and people as you can especially when they are young is a great start. The more you desensitize them when they are young, the easier it will be to control them in a crowd when they get older. If your puppy has a ton of energy, you might want to leave them at home while you paint their portrait, so you can relax while you paint.


  1. Know your dog’s limits.Whether your dog is old or young, chances are there is something they are fearful of or doesn’t like. At home, with the help of friends and their kids and dogs, see what situations make your dog uncomfortable. It’s better to find out at home if your dog has a snapping tendency, and what their threshold might be than find out in a public place. Know what your dogs hot buttons are, and work with a trainer on overcoming those. In the meantime, know what to avoid when you are in a crowd. If your dog has snapping tendencies, I would not recommend them attending a paint your pet party. You will not be able to watch for these hot buttons and it will take away from the enjoyment of painting a portrait.


  1. Avoid overstimulation.If your dog is not used to crowds, start out by going to smaller events with less excitement and fewer distractions, so that each experience is a positive one. At Paint Your pet parties I recommend not to bring a bone or chew treat with an aroma that other dogs love. This could create animosity toward your pet from the other dogs at the party.   You want to avoid a bad experience, which could make your dog develop a fear of crowds.


  1. Keep your dog close.If your dog is not comfortable in crowds, the worst thing you can possibly do is let your dog roam the café or bar and not know where they are. Having your dog on a lead is a good way to make sure they are in your sight during the party. The closer your dog is to you, the more control you have over him and whatever is around him.  It’s also good to check out your live doggie model for some color inspiration of his fur while you paint his or her pet portrait.


  1. Be aware. One of the most important things about controlling your dog in a crowded place is not about the dog at all. It’s about you being calm and watching your dog. Be aware of what is going on around them. We don’t want our dog pestering other people, getting into a fight with other dogs, or eating something that he shouldn’t. This situation is easily avoided by being aware of how your dog is feeling. Maybe they need to go out for a pee or they need a little bit of attention.  I am an art instructor for pet portraits and I am a certified dog trainer. I can help distract your pup for a little bit if they are getting antsy.

This way you can relax and enjoy painting your pet’s portrait with success.

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NYC Best Activities with Your Dog this Summer

NYC Best Activities with Your Dog this Summer
I am loving these fun events

Bark in the Park – This one day of the year Brooklyn Cyclones invite you to Coney Island and bring your dog to a baseball game. This year was so much fun with a raffle full of prizes, raising money for the Long Island Bulldog Rescue.L.I. Bulldog Rescue.

South Street Seaport- Get some free sample treats and meet with other awesome dog people at the Fulton Stall Market. Join the first Paint your Pet Party right next to the ships, on Sunday August 19.

YAPPY HOUR Barking Dog 94 – Bring your dog for Yappy Hour where you get discounts on drinks if you have a dog. Talk about a dog loving restaurant. And paint watercolor portraits of your pet with me every Friday this August.

Tell me about your favorite things to do with your dog this summer or send me their pictures! I’d love to see them


Paint Your Pet Parties for August 2018

My Top 8 Favorite Doodle/Poos

Doodle mixes (a Poodle mixed with another breed) can be seen all over my neighborhood in NYC. I didn’t know how many kinds there were until I started looking them up, but I have put a list of my top favorite Doodle/Poos.

8.Yorkipoo (Yorkie x miniature poodle)
7.Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
6.Cockapoo (Cockerspaniel x Poodle)
5.Maltipoo (Maltese x miniature poodle)
4.Schnoodle (Schnauzer x Poodle)
3.Bernadoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog x Poodle)
2.Labradoodle (Labrador & Poodle)
1.Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever x Standard Poodle)

The Golden doodle gets my vote for number 1 Doodle.   I might be biased on this because I have illustrated the Golden Doodle twice but this Doodle gets my top rating. They are lovers, leaners, kind spirited, and sweet natured. This  Golden Doodle portrait I painted called”Yankee Golden Doodle” pays homage to vintage patriotic posters. I love painting watercolors in this vintage look of old fashioned times when illustration was the only way to see a poster.
Tell me your favorite Doodle/Poo or send me their pictures!  I’d love to see them, Patriotic or not
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Drawing & Painting Pet Portraits

PPF BLOG- 1.Pet Nose-011.Painting my Pet’s Nose:

It’s funny how one of the most difficult looking things to draw on a cat or Dog is their nose sometimes. I find if you get the nose drawn correctly the rest of the face will fall into place. With a few curly lines and a line in the middle you can accomplish this easily. With a shape like an anchor or a triangle upside down you can see the outline of the nose as one full shape. You can establish a big part of your pet’s personality with this one simple shape. It’s one of my favorite things to look at when I receive a new photo of a pet. From Bulldogs nose that are smushed in to Big noses like Labradors or German shepherds, to little petite kitty cats noses. Our pet noses are so full of personality, just like Whistler’s Schnauzer.


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